The Clinician’s Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists’ Galaxy

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The upcoming issue of the journal Human Immunology will include an article, “The Clinician’s Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists’ Galaxy,” which will be a propaganda toolbox for primary care physicians to use when dealing with vaccination deniers. Here is a snippet from an article by Dave Mihalovic, a Naturopathic Doctor writing in PreventDisease.com:

Parents who wish to opt-out from mandatory vaccination schedules at their doctor’s office will soon be labeled as anti-vaccine parents in need of further enlightenment. The Clinician’s Guide to the Anti-Vaccinationists’ Galaxy, is being published online this month in the journal Human Immunology and will attempt to address and convince anti-vaccine parents that their misconceptions about vaccinations are based on myths.

The two authors of the propaganda arrangement are Gregory Poland, M.D., a Mayo Clinic vaccinologist, and pediatrician Robert Jacobson, M.D. As usual, we will gently follow the money and connections. According to Mr. Mihalovic, Dr. Poland is “the chairman of an evaluation committee for investigational vaccine trials being conducted by Merck Research Laboratories. He offers consultative advice on new vaccine development to Merck & Co., Inc., Avianax, Theraclone Sciences (formally Spaltudaq Corporation), MedImmune LLC, Liquidia Technologies, Inc., Emergent BioSolutions, Novavax, Dynavax, EMD Serono, Inc., Novartis Vaccines and Therapeutics and PAXVAX, Inc.”

Additionally, Dr. Jacobson “is a member of a review committee for a study funded by Merck & Co. concerning the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. He is a member of a data monitoring committee for an investigational vaccine trial funded by Merck & Co. He is principal investigator for two studies, including one funded by Novartis International for its licensed meningococcal conjugate vaccine and one funded by Pfizer, Inc. for its licensed pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.”

Read the whole article here. Here is Dr. Poland’s ‘quick’ resume. He even won a Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence for his, well, excellence in support of the government-medical establishment revolving door. A little research on my part found this article from the same two authors in 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine: “The Age-Old Struggle Against the Antivaccinationists.” Here are the disclosure forms signed by these two doctors for the NEJM article publication. Do look at Dr. Poland’s extensive Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest.

This is what Dr. Walter Bortz, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, calls “drug money.” See my previous blog post on Big Cancer and the Crawl for the Cure. Thanks to Jackie Brentwood for the link.

4:07 pm on April 24, 2012